COLUMBUS, Ohio – The third-ranked Ohio State men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 14 William & Mary and No. 17 Temple in its regular-season finale Sunday afternoon at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va. The Buckeyes (12-3, 7-1 B1G) scored 437.050 as a team in the tri-meet victory.
Ohio State won all six events on the day, securing individual titles on each apparatus. The team highlight came on high bar, where the Buckeyes used three scores over 15.000 to total 75.500, the third-best performance in school history.
Sean Melton – Melton, a redshirt sophomore from Orlando, Fla., won three events for the Buckeyes: rings (personal-best 16.050), parallel bars (15.650) and high bar (15.200), where he tied teammate Andrew Rickly. Melton’s career-best performance on rings ranks No. 1 in the NCAA this season and No. 2 on the all-time performers list at Ohio State behind former national champion Brandon Wynn. He won parallel bars and high bar for the third meet in a row.
Alex Wilson – A sophomore from Sugar Land, Texas, Wilson won two events on Sunday for the Buckeyes, scoring a career best on floor exercise (15.300) and adding a win on vault (14.850) along with teammate Seth Delbridge.
Rickly – The junior from Lewis Center, Ohio, tied Melton for first on high bar with a 15.200 and was runner-up on parallel bars with a score of 14.600.
Tristan Burke – Burke, a freshman from Royse City, Texas, competed in four events for the Scarlet and Gray, finishing in the Top 5 on all four: floor exercise (second, 14.900), rings (third, 15.150), parallel bars (third, 14.400) and vault (fourth, 14.600).
Alec Yoder – Yoder, a freshman from Indianapolis, was a winner on pommel horse (14.900) and added Top-5 finishes on high bar (third, personal-best 15.150) and rings (fourth, 14.950).
1) No. 3 Ohio State – 437.050
2) No. 14 William & Mary – 409.000
3) No. 17 Temple – 394.050
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